15 Things To Do This Weekend in NJ, May 5-7


Spend this weekend with your kids experiencing fun and interactive events throughout New Jersey. Celebrate the Greek culture at the St. George Greek Festival or Spring at Westfield’s Spring Fling or Freehold’s Spring Family Fun Day. Enjoy delicious food at Tuckerton’s Truckerton Food Truck & Brew Fest: Porkroll vs Taylorham, Chester’s Food Truck & Music Festival, Toms River’s Food Fest, or Kearny’s Food Truck & NJ Craft Beer Festival.

Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

Here are our top picks for family events in NJ this weekend:

Hackettstown NJ

Hackettstown Spring Festival, Photo via Facebook @HackettstownBID

1. 25th Annual Spring Festival
May 5-7, 2017
Friday from 6:00PM to 10:00PM
Saturday from 12:00PM to 10:00PM
Sunday from 12:00PM to 6:00PM
Welcome in Spring at The Spring Festival. This family favorite assures a day of fun and plenty of running around. There will be an abundance of food and entertainment to keep everyone in the family happy, as well as celebrating the festival’s 25th year.
Centenary University – Fields
Fifth and Reese Avenues, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Cost: Free

2. St. George Greek Festival
May 5-7, 2017
Friday from 11:30AM to 2:00PM (Luncheon), 5:00PM to 11:00PM (Main)
Saturday from 1:00PM to 12:00AM
Sunday from 12:00PM to 8:00PM
Come celebrate your inner Greek with the crowd favorite Greek Festival at St. George’s Church. This year’s festival will display homemade Greek food, live entertainment including Bouzouki music, and the color and pageantry of Greek folk dancing. There will also be plenty vendors offering many beautiful take home Greek art and other items; there will also be marvelous tours of the church available. For the kids, there will also be “bouncy rides,” a climbing wall, and basketball shooting. This jam packed event is something your whole family cannot miss.
St. George Greek Orthodox Church
818 Valley Road, Clifton, NJ 07013
Cost: $1, Admission proceeds benefit the Saint Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center.

3. Creative Arts & Music Festival
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
The Creative Arts & Music Festival invites your family to spend the day exploring, finding, and selecting impeccable artisanal items from vendors that will display: pottery, photography, jewelry, painting and many more. To add, there will be a Plein Air competition available for teens and adults; as well as live music and plenty of art demonstrations for all.
Thompson Park
805 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738
Cost: Free

Kearny NJ

Kearny Food Truck Festival, Photo via Facebook @KearnyPBA

4. Kearny Food Truck & NJ Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 12:00PM to 7:00PM
The Kearny Food Truck & NJ Craft Beer Festival will have the best food trucks in the Tri-State area along with the best family friendly entertainment you can ask for. Featured mouth watering food trucks include: Carnivale Donut Bar, OINK and MOO BBQ, The French Quarter- A Taste of New Orleans LLC, Angry Archie Formerly The Angry Crab, Tony’s Traveling Trattoria, and Wild Bill’s Soda. There will also be activities for the kids including a group art activity hosted by The Montclair Art Museum Art Truck, a Plaster painting activity hosted by Kearny’s own Plastercraft.com, a rock climbing wall, an obstacle course, a bouncy castle, and bubble football. Lastly, there will be an outdoor marketplace for your shopping needs. The festival will be a one stop shop for great food, entertainment, drinks, and shopping.
Frank A. Vincent Marina
277 Passaic Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032
Cost: $5 Advance Child, $5 Advance Adult, $10 Day of General Admission

5. Community Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Community Day at Liberty Lake Day Camp is the official opening of the Liberty Lake facility, and biggest event of the year. Just to name a few attractions, there will be : boating, mini-golf, basketball, and laser tag. To add to the packed line up of festivities, there will also be a huge playground, moon bounce, rock wall, and fishing-so event goers are encouraged to bring their poles and bait.
Liberty Lake Day Camp
1195 Florence Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505
Cost: Free

6. Toms River Food Fest 
Saturday, May 6 at 11:00AM to 8:00PM (Rain Date: May 7, 2017)
The Toms River Food Fest in downtown Toms River will include the finest local art, crafts, food trucks, and plenty of vendor booths for all. Also, there will also be free children’s rides and live entertainment to have the whole family entertained.
Downtown Toms River
Washington Street, Toms River NJ 08753
Cost: Free

Newark NJ

Family Kite Event, Photo via Facebook @WeequahicParkSports

7. Weequahic Park Sports Authority Kite Event
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM (Rain Date: May 13, 2017)
The 4th Annual Family Kite Event at Weequahic Park guarantees your family will be flying high. On Saturday, Weequahic Park Sports Authority will be hosting the kite flying event and would love for your family to participate this upcoming year at the event and hopes to bring many communities together.
Essex County Weequahic Park – Ronald Christian Sports Complex
Newark, NJ 07112
Cost: Free, Pre-Registration is strongly encouraged through here

8. Chester Food Truck & Music Festival
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:00AM to 7:00PM
The Chester Food Truck & Music Festival asks families to bring their appetites for food and fun. The festival features over 25 Gourmet Food Trucks, incredible live music, and a lovely Spring day. Along with great food and entertainment, the festival also features amazing sangria and beer selections. For the children attending, there will be face painting and a 50/50 raffle Benefiting for the Chester First Aid Squad & The Chester Food Pantry.
Municipal Field
134 Main Street, Chester, NJ 07930
Cost: Free for Kids under 10, $5 For Everyone 10 and Older. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable canned or boxed item to help support The Chester Food Pantry.

9. Oasis Pirate Adventures 
Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11:00AM, 1:00PM, & 3:00PM (Rain Date: May 7, 2017)
Oasis Family Farms invites all its best maties in preparation for a pirate adventure like none you have ever experienced before. Captain Lucky wants help from children to recover his hidden treasures from around the farm. After the hunt for the treasure, rewards to the brave children who participate in the hunt will come, as well as becoming an official member of Captain Lucky’s crew. Each young pirate will receive a treasure chest, pirate eye patch, and tattoos; also kids are encouraged to dress as pirates so the activities are more enjoyable. Additionally, other farm attractions and free game activities for all the kids will be open to all.
Oasis Family Farm
3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Cost: $7 Child, Free Adults & Non-Participants

Tuckerton NJ

Truckerton Food Truck & Brew Fest, Photo via Facebook @TheTuckertonSeaport

10. Truckerton Food Truck & Brew Fest: Porkroll vs Taylorham
Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM
Back by popular demand for its 4th consecutive year is the Truckerton Food Truck & Brew Fest. This year’s pertinent question for event goers is a debate over what is better: The Porkroll or Taylorham? There will food and fun from over a dozen food trucks as well as 12 craft brews and live music. Join in on the great debate as well as the many activties going on.
The Tuckerton Seaport
120 Main Street, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
Cost: Free for Children under 5 years old and Seaport Members, $10 for Children 6 years old and older, $10 Adults. Save $1 on admission by bringing an item to donate to the Tuckerton Food Pantry.

11. County Seat Jazz & Blues Street Fest 
Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 12:00PM to 6:00PM
The County Seat Jazz & Blues Street Fest will have two stages and six hours of live Jazz and Blues Music. Jazz & Blues lovers will be united through exquisite music as well as premiere food from vendors such as: Pompier Pierogi & Kielbasa, Zinnas Moblile Bistro, Rosalitas Cantina, Hinlickity’s Ice Cream, and Nothing Bundt Cakes.
West Main Street between Court and Throckmorton Streets
Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Free

12. Westfield Spring Fling
Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM
The Westfield Spring Fling typically draws over 30,000 people each year, so make sure your family joins in on all of the fun. Spring Fling will have live entertainment, delicious food, vendors, and a Kidszone all on display for your fun needs.
Downtown Westfield
Westfield, NJ 07090
Cost: Free

Lawrenceville NJ

Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee, Photo via LawrencevilleMainStreet.com

13. Lawrenceville Main Street Jubilee
Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM
Lawrenceville Main Street invites guests of all ages to its 19th Annual Jubilee. For this years special events, there will be live music, dance performances, pony rides, a rock wall, inflatables, games & activities for children. On top of the great outdoor activities, many local restaurants, food vendors, businesses, and nonprofits will be in attendance to fully display their best products. Lastly, you can not forget the annual pie eating contest, which is always a great event for the whole family.
Weeden Park and the parking lots behind the Main Street businesses between Craven Lane & Phillips Avenue
Lawrenceville, New Jersey 08648
Cost: Free

14. Spring Family Fun Day
Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 10:00AM to 3:00PM
Spring Family Fun Day is just a great day for everyone and their families. You can pick up an early Mother’s Day gift, peruse around the gorgeous flowers, and partake in the free Antique Car show, free Bounce House, and free Face Painting. You can also enjoy some great BBQ, beverages, homemade baked goods, and popcorn; All proceeds from refreshments go toward fighting cancer.
Patterson Greenhouses
636 Adelphia Road, Freehold, NJ 07728
Cost: Free

15. Westwood Spring Community Day
Sunday, May 7, 2017 from 11:00AM to 3:00PM
Enjoy the day at the Westwood Community Center. There will be live music, food trucks, retail and wellness vendors, a farmers market, crafts, and fun activities for the kids.
Westwood Community Center
55 Jefferson Ave, Westwood, NJ
Cost: Free


Don’t forget to hashtag #NJMOM and tag @njmomhq and your little cuties could be featured in our next photo round-up.

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